QEA’s comprehensive rehabilitation of the Sherbrooke Apartments restored its authenticity while providing much-needed market-rate apartments.

The characteristic features of the 1913 building, including its original hardwood and terrazzo floors and historic wood windows and trim, were restored to maintain the integrity of the building’s high quality construction. QEA’s rehabilitation struck a balance between restoring the original charm and spaciousness of the building and maintaining the economic viability of multi-unit housing. The project qualified for historic tax credits, further increasing its feasibility


  • System rehabilitation of 25 unit apartment building
  • Provision of historic tax credit consulting
  • Creation of additional apartment units
  • Originally built in 1913 and remodeled in 1950s

Flexible Layout

Located in the heart of the Wayne State University district in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, the Sherbrooke was originally designed as a six-unit luxury building when the surrounding neighborhood was the destination for Detroit’s early twentieth century professional and business class. It was later subdivided into twenty-five student housing units. QEA’s rehabilitation reduced the number of units to fourteen, and introduced a degree of flexibility in the layout. Each of the six one-bedrooms can be combined with an adjacent two bedroom unit to create a three bedroom unit with formal and informal living spaces.